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Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) - Artists - GAVLAK

The artist at his exhibition, A Wondrous North Star, GAVLAK Palm Beach, 2021.

b. 1961, Venezuela
Lives and works in South Florida

Born Deyvi Orangel Peña Arteaga, using his moniker Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), creates paintings/collages on mica, videos, installations, and performances, through which he breaks down belief systems into intersecting components of science, spirituality, and mysticism. His works burst with psychedelic patterns, colors, lush floral imagery and traditional shamanic materials such as crystals and porcupine quills. They appear as hallucinatory portals into other realms, or send-ups of them—depending on the viewer’s perspective. He began his career through charismatic performances where he “channeled” the 2,000-year-old spirit of a shaman named Carlos. In front of live audiences around the world, Carlos’ performances and media broadcasts have been viewed by millions of people in the United States, China, Australia, Europe, and South America.

Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) has performed and exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen in New York, NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia, Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles and Palm Beach, Marlborough Gallery in New York, The Moore Space in Miami, Ratio 3 in San Francisco, Jeffrey Deitch in New York, the Yerba Buena Center for The Art in San Francisco, The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Beth Rudin DeWoody’s The Bunker Artspace in West Palm Beach, The Kemper Art Museum in Kansas City, The Drawing Center in New York and the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas, among others. In 2020, he was included in A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience at the Taubman Museum of Art, he created for the Sarasota Art Museum, an impressive 10.5 × 78 foot vinyl mural, his largest vinyl mural to date, he was included in a group presentation by GAVLAK at The Armory Show as well as creating his largest painting to date, The Life Within You, a 9’ L × 24' W tour de force for The Core Club in NYC.



1995  School of Visual Arts


2021    Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): A Wondrous North Star, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL
            Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): The Krome Drawings, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

2019    The Promised Land, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

2016    The Awakening, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL
            Krome, Boca Raton Musem of Art, Boca Raton, FL

2015    We're All Made of Star Stuff, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA
            As Far As the I Can See, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

2011    The Science of Complexity, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL

2010    Surfaces of Constant Time, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

2009    Restoring Balance, Gavlak New York, NY

2008    Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Supernova, Gavlak, Miami Beach, FL
            Constantly Expanding, The Moore Space, Miami, FL
            The Golden Butterfly, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL

2007    The Visitors, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2005    Looking for Ixtlan, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA


2020    A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
            Summer Group Exhibition, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL
            The Armory Show, GAVLAK Booth 906, March 5-8, 2020, New York, NY

2019    The Pencil is a Key, Drawings from Incarcerated Artists, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
            Inner Space/Outer Space, The Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach, FL
            Inaugural Exhibition, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

2017    Not I, We, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

2015    Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

2014    Inaugural Exhibition, Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA
            Beauty Reigns, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2011    Altered States: Jose Alvarez, Yayoi Kusama, Fred Tomaselli, and Leo Villareal, curated by Cheryl Brutvan,
            The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
            The Big Reveal, Kemper Museum, St. Louis, MO

2010    Natural Renditions, Marlborough Gallery, New York City, NY
            Illusions Lounge, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
            Think Pink, curated by Beth DeWoody, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL
            You Can Heal Your Life, curated by Emma Gray, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009    Abstract Cinema, curated by Bonnie Clearwater, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
            Video installation, Elie Tahari, Bal Harbour, FL

2008    CIRCA, Gavlak, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007    Special Reserve, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL

2006    Constant Disturbance, Spanish Cultural Center, Miami, FL
            Mélange, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL
            Cosmic Wonder, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, CA

2005    NADA Art Fair, Ratio3, Miami, FL
            AQUA Art Fair, Western Project, Miami, FL
            The Hills Have Eyes, curated by Gean Moreno, Ingalls & Associates, Miami, FL
            ARTLA, Western Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2004    Nepotism: The Art of Friendship, Museum of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
            Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, New York City – curated by Jerry Saltz
            Ratio 3: NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

2003    We Are Electric, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

2002    All The Way Alive. Ratio 3, The Armory Photography Show 2002, New York, NY
            Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYF

1999    Inbox. Quartet Editions, New York, NY


2006  "The Frank Prattle Show" Jose Alvarez, Chris Perez, and Kathy Grayson, July 15, 2006.

2005  "WPS1" Art radio,, Edition #15, May 31, 2005
          "Carlos," Studio360, (show # 061105), NPR and WNYC,

2003  "En busca de un Milagro," Univision
          "Sin Fronteras," Telemundo, Hispanic Television

2002  "Do You Believe in Miracles?" Chat TV, Mun2, Telemundo.

2001  Johnson Space Flight Center, Houston, July 23.
          Parkes Radio Telescope Observatory, Parkes, Australia, August 21.

2000  Chinese Central Television, Beijing, October-November.
          Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, California, October 5.
          "Tell It Like It Is," Chinese Central Television, Beijing, October-November.
          "Despierta America," Telemundo, Hispanic Television.
          WuhanTV, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

1999  "Primer Impacto," Univision, January.
          Teatro Verdi, Padua, Italy, October 30-31.
          Tienanmen Square, Beijing, November.

1998  "The Power of Belief," ABC News Special, October 6.


2019    Zellen, Jody. “Gavlak Los Angeles: Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.)”, Artillery Magazine, August 7.
            Knight, Christopher. “This Artist’s portrait subjects, Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center,” Los Angeles Times,
            June 22.
            Alvarez, Jose. Krome. 2019

2016    Uszerowicz, Monica. “While Held by US Immigration, an Artist Sketches His Fellow Detainees”, HyperAllergic, Dec. 8.
            Thomason, John. “South Florida Artist Humanizes Illegal Immigration,” Boca Magazine, September 28.
            Balter, Julie. “Artist Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) Sketches Powerful Portraits that Represent Sacrifice.” Miami Herald, Dec.12.
            Mason, Isabella. “Jose Alvarez DOPA’s ‘The Awakening’ at the Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida,” Blouin Art Info,
            November 28.
            Félix, Melvin, “Undocumented artist draws portraits of detainees at Miami immigrant detention center,” Univision
            News, Sept. 23.
            Jordan, Calvin. “Boca Raton exhibit shines light on immigrant experience,” Palm Beach Post, October 25.

2015    Alexander, Brian. “Amazing Seniors Wow in New Documentaries,” USA Today, May 6.
            “As Far as the I can See,” Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, March 27.
            Sullivan, Terra. “’As Far as the I can See’ at Hollywood Art and Culture Explores the Space Between the Skeptical
            and the Mystical,” Broward Palm Beach New Times, March 24.

2014    Higginbotham, Adam, “The Unbelievable Skepticism of the Amazing Randi,” The New York Times, November 7.
            “Beauty Reigns,” The McNay Art Museum Moore Space, August 2014.
            Shapiro-Sacks, Jennifer, “Funding Supports Cultural Offerings,” Sun Sentinel, July 24.

2011    PBG Lifestyle Magazine, July 2011.
            Helander, Bruce. “Top Ten Artists to Watch”, Huffington Post Arts, June 27.
            Bullock, Penn. “Altered States: Alvarez, Kusama, Tomaselli, and Villareal.” Boward Palm Beach New Times, June 18.
            Thomason, John, “Get High on Art,”, May 25.
            Eyman, Scott, “A Head Trip”, Palm Beach Post, May 15.
            Alexander, Brian, “The Mystic Transformation of Jose Alvarez,” The Palm Beach Post, May 9.
            Sjostrom, Jan, “Critics’ Picks of the Week,” Palm Beach Daily News, April 14.
            Scorpio, Steven. “Altered States at the Norton,” Miami Art Exchange, April 11.
            “Weekend Art Picks: April 8-12”, Palm Beach Arts Paper, April 8.
            Helander, Bruce. “Norton Museum of Art’s New Altered States Exhibition is All About the Power of Art,”
            Artdaily, April 3.
            Sommereyns, Omar, “Transcendent Visions Artist Jose Alvarez continues exploring the transformative power of
            art at two new exhibits this month,” Florida International Magazine, April 2011.

2008    Robinson, Walter, “Crisis, What Crisis?” Artnet, December 5.
            “Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2008: Jose Alvarez,” Gavlak Press Release, November 30.
            Herrera, Adrianna. El Nuevo Herald, May 25.
            “Constantly Expanding,” Wynwood the Art Magazine, May.
            Hudson, Suzanne. “The Kitchen,” Artforum, February.
            “Jose Alvarez: ‘The Golden Butterfly,’” Gavlak Press Release, 2008.
            “Heads In the Sand, Revelers Pilgrimage,” Flash Art, 2008.
            Helander, Bruce, “Gavlak presents a solo exhibition of Jose Alvarez: ‘The Golden Butterfly,’” Huffington Post.
            Santiago, Fabiola. The Miami Herald.

2007    Kunitz, Daniel, “Abuse Your Illusion,” The Village Voice, November 6.
            Henry, Saxton. “Fair Report: Palm Beach 3 2007,” ArtInfo, January 15.
            “First Gate,” Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens.

1995    Genoni, Thomas G. “Exploring Mind, Memory, and the Psychology of Belief,” Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 1995.

1994    Sagan, Carl. “Carlos,” Parade, December 4, 1994.

Black, Ezrha Jean, "Ten More to Remember-and Not Just Because...," Artillery Magazine, January 19, 2023
Gural, Natasha, "New Wave of Artists Transform The Palm Beaches Into Pioneering Art World Destination," Forbes, December 7, 2022
Bennett, Alexis, "For the First Time Ever," Palm Beach Hosted an amfAR Blowout, Vogue, November 22, 2022
Knight, Christopher. "This Artist's portrait ssubjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center," Los Angeles Times 22 June 2019
Kunitz, Daniel. "Abuse Your Illusion," The Village Voice 13 Nov. 2007.
2002 Biennial Exhibition (exhibition catalogue). New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002.
Carroll, Robert Todd. "Carlos", Skeptic's Dictionary, 2003.
Genoni, Tom, Jr. "Exploring Mind, Memory, and the Psychology of Belief." The Skeptical Inquirer Mar.-Apr. 1995: 10.
Kastner, Jeffrey. "Concerning the Spiritual in Art", Art Monthly May 2002: 6.
Leslie, Richard. "Whitney Biennial 2002," Art Nexus Jul. - Sept. 2002: 74.
Robinson, Walter. "Art Market Watch," Artnet Magazine News.
Sagan, Carl. "Carlos." Parade Magazine 4 Dec. 1994.
Saltz, Jerry. "American Bland Stand," Village Voice 7 Mar. 2002.
Wonder, Carolina. "Self Analysis", Lincoln Road Magazine Jul.- Sept. 2003: 67.
"Jose Alvarez: Exploring the Psychology of Belief Through Art", Broward County Cultural Quarterly Winter 2004. 
Hobbs, Jack. The Visual Experience, 3rd ed, Worceter: Davis Publications, p10, 2004.
Orden, Abraham."The Carlos Cycle," Camerawork Fall/Winter 2005: 28.
"Artbeat", SF Weekly, Jul. - Aug 2005.
"Looking for Ixtlan", Jul. 2005.
"Miami Heat - day 4 & 5", 4 Dec. 2005.
"Cool Deals - day 2",, 1 Dec. 2005.
Moreno, Gean. "Constant Disturbance," (exhibition catalogue), Spanish Cultural Center, Miami, Florida ,p.29.
Moreno, Gean. "50 International Emerging Artists," Contemporary 2006 Annual: 27.
SFist, Shelley,"Whoa, man Cosmic Wonder opens at YBCA", 18 Jul. 2006.
"Home Fort Lauderdale", The Florida Room Oct. 2006: 50.

Brooklyn Museum
The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon
Dakis Jouannou, Deste Foundation, Greece
The Bunker Artspace / Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection
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